Two of the league’s top quarterbacks had very different reactions to the news that Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson’s suspension was overturned earlier today, and replaced with a $100,000 fine.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (who will see Goldson Sunday) called him “one of my favorite players,” while Saints quarterback Drew Brees (who will see him twice a year) had a much different take.
“He’s had a lot of those,’’ Brees said, via ESPN.com. “He certainly has no regard for the rules in the middle. He’s going after guys’ heads. You can see it.
“So, obviously $100,000 is a pretty hefty fine. And I’m sure if it continues to happen it will be even greater punishment than that.’’
Brady, on the other hand, had nothing but praise for the Bucs secondary in general, but said he respected the way Goldson played. He saw him up close in a joint practice prior to a preseason game, but said he had long been a fan.
“Why? Because if I were a safety I’d try to play like him,” Brady said in comments distributed by the team. “He’s a great a player. I played against him last year, always kind of watched him as a 49er and he got his opportunity there after a few years in San Francisco and took advantage of his opportunity. He’s a big part of the reason why that defense was so good last year and then now he’s playing for Tampa, so he’s already made a big impact.
“He’s a very good player, and practicing against him you see why.”
Again, the reactions are likely a reflection of timing as much as anything. Brady’s not going to say anything to provoke or inspire a guy he has to play Sunday.
Brees was responding to a hit on teammate Darren Sproles, so the reaction is naturally more visceral.